The “Real Deal” Behind My One and Only Favorite Dish- Seafood Paella

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm


Paella (IPA: [pa’eʎa]) is a typical Valencian rice dish from Spain. The origin of the name paella is in the Valencian for frying pan. This word in turn derives from Latin patella and is akin to FrenchpoêleWelsh padellItalian padellaOld Spanish padilla and New Mexican Spanish puela.

Many people in Valencia refer to both the pan and the recipe itself as la paella. However, outside of Valencia, la paellera is the proper word for the pan. [1]

Paella is usually garnished with vegetables and meat or seafood. The three key ingredients arerice (usually Calasparra[2][3] or Bomba[3] varieties), saffron, and olive oil.





3 cups water 
1 cup dry white wine 
1 teaspoon saffron threads 
2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice 

1 cup chopped fresh parsley 
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 teaspoon dried tarragon 
2 large garlic cloves, minced 

1 pound monkfish or other firm white fish fillets 
16 unpeeled jumbo shrimp (about 1 pound) 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
2 cups finely chopped onion 
1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 
1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained 
1 teaspoon sweet paprika 
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
3 garlic cloves, minced 
3 cups uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice 
1 cup frozen green peas 
16 littleneck clams 
1 (7-ounce) jar sliced pimento, drained 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 


To prepare broth, combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.To prepare herb blend, combine parsley and next 4 ingredients (parsley through 2 garlic cloves); set aside.

To prepare paella, trim connective tissue from monkfish; cut into 1-inch pieces. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish and shrimp; saute 1 minute (the seafood mixture will not be cooked through).

Remove seafood mixture from pan, and keep warm. Add onion and bell pepper to pan, and saute 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, paprika, crushed red pepper, and 3 garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes. Add rice, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, herb blend, and peas. Bring to a low boil, and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add clams to pan, nestling them into rice mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells. Stir in the seafood mixture, and arrange shrimp, heads down, in rice mixture. Arrange pimento slices spokelike on top of rice mixture; cook 5 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Remove from heat; cover with a towel and let stand 10 minutes.


8 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups paella, 2 shrimp, and 2 clams)


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